West Indies v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Providence

Flair v flair in Caribbean face-off

The Preview by Siddarth Ravindran

July 13, 2013

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Sunday, July 14
Start time 0900 (1300 GMT)


Shahid Afridi bowls in his first ODI since September last year, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Bloemfontein, March 10, 2013
Guess who's back? Shahid Afridi returns to the Pakistan side yet again © AFP
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In the last five years, among the eight major Test teams, Pakistan and West Indies have played the least number of Tests. Yet, they haven't been able to work out dates for a Test series between the two sides, which leaves them playing out a bunch of ODIs and Twenty20s. What's more, this and the recent tri-series in the Caribbean, which featured India and Sri Lanka, means the only Tests in West Indies' home season were the ones against a rebuilding Zimbabwe.

Pakistan are also in a rebuilding phase after some indifferent recent results. The experience of Younis Khan was dispensed with even before the Champions Trophy, and after the winless campaign in England, they have jettisoned the seasoned trio of Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat. That doesn't mean they are light on experience though, as the exciting but wildly inconsistent Shahid Afridi makes yet another comeback.

Exciting but wildly inconsistent is a phrase that could be applied to plenty of batsmen in the West Indies squad as well. The batting wasn't up to the mark in the recent tri-series and they will be tested again by Pakistan's high-quality bowling attack. While they have several batsmen who can play blinders and take the game away from the opposition, they are short of the sort of batsman who can grind it out in difficult conditions. There were collapses aplenty in the tri-series,something they have to look to arrest this time around.

Another blot West Indies will want to erase is their dodgy record at home against Pakistan, having comprehensively lost the previous two series. For that, they will first need the weather to clear up - scattered thunderstorms are predicted on Sunday, and at least light rain is expected through the week.

The series also marks the return of international cricket to Guyana after a two-year absence, during which there has been plenty of conflict between the government and the country's cricket board.

Form guide

(most recent first, last five completed matches)
West Indies LLWWT
Pakistan LLLWT

In the spotlight

Umar Akmal was one of the surprise omissions from Pakistan's squad for the Champions Trophy. The 23-year-old's talent is widely acknowledged but Pakistan want him to deliver more often. There will be a bit less pressure on him to score big though as he is now the team's first-choice wicketkeeper, taking over from his brother Kamran. In the challenging conditions of the Caribbean, he will be tested both in front and behind the wicket.

Marlon Samuels, the batsman West Indies look to in case of a top-order failure, had a miserable tri-series, with scores of 15*, 1, 6 and 0. He needs to do a lot better if West Indies are to cope with the plethora of flashy, mercurial batsmen in the line-up.

Team news

Despite the changes in the squad, Pakistan's bowling won't be shuffled too much. They are likely to go in with the three left-arm quicks and Saeed Ajmal, with allrounders Mohammad Hafeez and Afridi also providing options. The batting should see more changes with Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal set to return.

Pakistan: (probable) 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Amin, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Junaid Khan, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Irfan

West Indies will be boosted by the return from suspension of their captain Dwayne Bravo, who will probably take the place of the struggling Devon Smith.

West Indies: (probable) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles (wk), 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Tino Best

Stats and trivia

  • Kieron Pollard has five ducks this year in ODIs, which is as many as Michael Bevan had in his entire career
  • The last time West Indies won a home ODI series against Pakistan was in 1988, when Viv Richards was captain

Quotes

"To get to 250 ODIs is always good, take a lot of years, so my service for West Indies has actually been good."
Chris Gayle on reaching the milestone of 250 ODIs

"We're disappointed with the Champions Trophy result, we want to turn things around."
Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore

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Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 14, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

That's the best possible team of Pakistan..If they dont win today,then i guess we should leave this game

Posted by   on (July 14, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

Expecting very good cricket from both the teams... From india

Posted by   on (July 14, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

maybe Pakistan 5loss Westindds 5 pakistan 0

Posted by   on (July 14, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

REMOVE WAHAB riyaz brimg Gul

Posted by   on (July 14, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

All the Best Both the Teams.. And Expectations from Afridi alottssssss

Posted by   on (July 14, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

i think pakistan should play 2 seamers and dropp wahab riaz and play haris sohail which will boost pak batting line up....as they already have junaid irfan saeed ajmal hafeez and afridi..all of them can bowl 10 overs and they dont need a 6th bowler..for extra bowling option umar amin can bowl a few overs if anyof above 5 cant bowl all 10 overs. and sending afridi at 7 is a useless...he should open the batting ..if he can score few quick runs that will be a bonus..

Posted by   on (July 14, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Lets just hope its not Misbah v West Indies

Posted by WeeBee on (July 14, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

It is going to be interesting to watch Gayle Batting and Ajmal Bowling .... i really dont want to miss that.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 14, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

Waiting for an Afridi show. Go Pakistan. Best wishes from Sri Lanka

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (July 14, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

Where are Bharat & Ganga? Two promising cricketers from WI.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

Pakistan have a slightly better chance in this series because of their better bowling and the conditions suiting their slow bowlers.Hope the inclusion of Afridi and Umar Akmal will boost their confidence which was shattered in England in the champions trophy.Expect a thrilling series and a good show from Pak.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Inshallah pakistan got this!!!

Posted by   on (July 14, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

Its a very good new team for ODIs but PAK needs a new captain aswell may be Asad Shafiq or Nasir Jamshaid.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2013, 0:08 GMT)

Keiron Pollard should not be on the Windies One Day Team. He is not good enough as a batsman. Yes he is capable of winning a game almost single handedly, but that is one out of 8-10 games. The other 7-9 games he disappoints. Much better to have a Keiron Powell on the team who can get runs with greater consistency, though less spectacularly. Last year this time I was thinking that the test team and for that matter all West Indies team would be better off without Sammy, not because he was n't a good cricketer but because he was keeping a better batsman or bowler out of the team. This season I think Duane bravo is the one we could do without. Bravo is more talented as a batsman but he does not give as much value as Sammy . Bravo brings passion. Sammy brings grit and determination. I would not pick Best on my team. He is too inconsistent . Roach needs to improve.

Posted by cricketstarbest on (July 14, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

Pakistan get ready for humiliation as WI is going to win this series easily. WI will win 3-2 or 4-1. Roach, Best, Holder are going to destroy the weakest batting line up.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2013, 0:01 GMT)

Pollard should occupy the number 8 position if played followed by Roach.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 23:48 GMT)

Pakistan's worst decision to play with M. Hafeez a guy who has never performed with bat & over rated by media by calling him The Professor. His contribution for team is always with ball not bat. You can hardly recall 3 to 5 innings of his batting career of more then 120 innings as an opener who is still laging behind 3000 runs (what a waste). Just check out stats of any opener of any nation & you will never find any with such stats. Due to his decision to play one down will again block likes of experienced Younos Khan so that new talents Asad Shafiq, Umar Amin and even Umar Akmal could evolve. If you ask me to make playing 11 a dream team by considering coming world cup then I would play with Asad Shafiq as one down followed by Umar Akmal, Umar Ameen, Afridi, Razzaq, Hammad Azam, Umar Gul, Ajmal, Junaid & Irfan with Nasir and Ahmed Shahzad as opener. It will blend new talent n will make them future legends just like what we had before. Trust me Hafeez gonna score against week only :)

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

Pakistan is the Favourite Tomorrow, if Indian or Srilankan Bowling can destroy WI batting, so i think west indies have no chance to win from Pakistan.. Now pak is much stronger, Akmal and Afridi is in the Team , They should include Haris Sohail and leave out Umer amin ,, Hafeez deserves another chance, Openers are Fine, Pakistan need one Right hand fast bowler. thats very important for Pakistan,

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (July 13, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

For God sake please play Haris Sohail. He is miles better player than Umer amin. Mark my worlds that umar amin will never become a good international standard player no matter how many chances you give him. rest of the team is f9. i would have preferred M. rizwan as a regular keeper in longer format than umar akmal.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

i think pakistan should play 2 seamers and dropp wahab riaz and play haris sohail which will boost pak batting line up....as they already have junaid irfan saeed ajmal hafeez and afridi..all of them can bowl 10 overs and they dont need a 6th bowler..for extra bowling option umar amin can bowl a few overs if anyof above 5 cant bowl all 10 overs. and sending afridi at 7 is a useless...he should open the batting ..if he can score few quick runs that will be a bonus..

Posted by BravoBravo on (July 13, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

The most appropriate title for the article. This remains undisputed that WI and PAK are the team which produced most cricketers of flair, none other team come close by. Their Win to Loss ratio is still much higher in every format of the game except AUS and ENG. These (WI and PAK) are two giants of cricketing world, others are followers. WI is emerging as a very good team again. PAK team has one drawback as they never played a game for last several years on their soil. I could understand that it must be discouraging and disheartening for the PAK players as well as their fans. Let the game begins, and I am looking forward to a highly exciting ODI series.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

hey mister Joe Thompson you shouldn't take pakistan that easy because when you will lose the series comprehensively you will be a very sad man! so be very careful

Posted by abdullahKHAN123 on (July 13, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

Haris sohail should be given a chance and Hammad Azam should play in ODI aswell

Posted by TeamSelector on (July 13, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

Looks like it's going to be Pakistan's bowling vs Windies batting. Chris Gayle might be the difference between the two teams. Get Gayle early, then we'll have an 'even' contest on our hands. & when I say even, I mean as even as two unpredictable teams can get ...

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (July 13, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

Pity, we should be preparing to watch a short test series...

Posted by ozone8237 on (July 13, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

AGAIN the hateful comments of JOE THOMPSON. I dunno what kinda grudge he/she has against Pakistan. Lots of times and in several blogs I have seen this person criticizing pakistan and leaving hateful comments. The Only thing pakistan needs a solid opening stand between Jamshed and Shahzad and If Pakistan scored over 250 WI will have great trouble to chase the target in front of Pakistan's world class Bowling attack. Good Luck pakistan

Posted by imranmujtaba on (July 13, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

Afridi and umar should higher in batting - Harris sohail should given a chance. Hafeez should bat late with his current form, he doesn't deserve into be batting line up ..... Misbah should stay out let youngster play and create space for youngster .....

Posted by Daredevil123 on (July 13, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

I think afridi can see off the new ball so shud be sent in early and hafeez shud play in the middle order as the ball shud be a little old and shud swing less and hafeez can also provide some stability in the middle order after a pakistani style collapse

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

pak playing 11 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Amin, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Junaid Khan, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Irfan wi playing 11 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles (wk), 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Tino Best

Posted by jawadbintariq on (July 13, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

I think Harris Sohail should play in place of Umar Amin. Asad Shafiq should be given a more consistent run, he can prove to be a solid player in the middle order...I have a feeling Umar Aknal will perform better as a Wicket keeper-Batsman than he did as a specialist batsman.... GOOD LUCK to both Pakistan and West Indies... :)

Posted by Jda123 on (July 13, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

Going to be interesting, hope they give Sohail a chance to play than Shafiq.

Pakistan should go in with -

Shezad - Jamshed - Afridi (bring him in early) - Sohail - Misbah - Akmal - Hafeez - Ajmal - Khan - Rehman - Irfan

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

WI misses Chiv Chanderpaul. Unfortunate!

Posted by SamWintson92 on (July 13, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

My team for 1st ODI: WI XI: 1 Gayle 2 Charles (WK) 3 Darren Bravo 4 Samuels 5 Pollard 6 Simmons 7 Dwayne Bravo 8 Sammy 9 Narine 10 Best 11 Roach. PAK XI: 1 Jamshed 2 Shehzad 3 Haris 4 Misbah (C) 5 Umar Akmal 6 Hafeez 7 Afridi 8 Wahab 9 Ajmal 10 Junaid 11 Irfan. WI: a) Darren Bravo has to anchor the innings. He looks like the sort of player to bat through b) Pollard should bat at 5. Give him some balls to himself in & then flourish c) Best over Holder. Best is severely fast, not sure if he's currently the fastest. PAK: a) Haris Sohail is an exciting prospect. I'll give him a go at no 3 b) Misbah should again look to bat through at no 4 c) Umar Akmal is a tested finisher. I'll put him at no 5 so that he can dominate & score quickly in the later part of the innings d) Selected Hafeez mostly for his bowling. He's not apt for a top order slot. Drop him down at 6 e) With Afridi & Hafeez playing Pak can afford to drop a seamer for a batsman but I don't think Pak should as WC 2015 will be played in pacy wickets of Aus-NZ. Overall it'll be a great contest. For me, Pak looks like the favourites.

Posted by matt3327 on (July 13, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

West Indies do not have one player who can play the anchor role and stay through the whole innings. Shivnarine Chanderpaul is the person they need to open batting and put less tension on the other batsmen. They should give Devendra Bishoo another chance, as he was abruptly removed from the squad. I do not know when was the last time a Guyanese was not on the West Indian team. Apart from that, Shillingford should be given a chance....In addition, DROP POLLARD

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

I think Pakistani selectors are missing the trick here yet again, needless to state this fact. They are playing Umar Akmal as a specialist wicket keeper and given him the position way down the order leaving the Middle order vulnerable yet again. Umar Akmal should and must be brought up in order to strengthen the order a bit. Mohammed Hafeez is a failure at least when it comes to batting as could be seen from his recent games, Umar Amin well, he still has a lot to prove if he wants to gle his spot in the playing 11 since talents like Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq are tailing right behind that number 3 spot. well from the looks of the probables, it looks like once again Mr. Captain will have to be the Captain hero and try to save his team from humiliation in the Caribbeans. Way to go Misbah!!

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

With the inclusion of Afridi and the exclusion of Farhat , I am pretty hopeful that Pakistan have a better chance to come out of the shell in which they are from a couple of months. Hoping that they play aggressively.

Posted by cricketsimpleton on (July 13, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Kieron Pollard has really had a miserly couple of series with the bat. Since he is already being used sporadically for the bowling, He should start putting value to his wickets more or else soon he would be replaced by one of so many all-rounders WINDIES been creating for quite sometime!

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Pakistan are an ordinary team now. West Indies being the much younger team as long as they don't play silly should win this series with ease. best of luck!!!

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

Pollard should be dropped immediately. Also I agree with Clive Lloyd West Indies needs to play a proper keeper, not necessarily Ramdin, but not a makeshift keeper. That cost us the game against Sri Lanka

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (July 13, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

I think Pakistan have a good chance with Ahmed Shehzad at top and Afridi in lower order but I believe Nasir Jamshed should have been dropped from this series as they are not good top order batsmen but we'll see and hope to see unpredictable Pakistan again unlike #CT13.

Posted by Paki_expert on (July 13, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

The inclusion of Shehzad and Umar Akmal is a good choice, however, Mohammad Rizwan needs to be tried out as wicket keeper and Hafeez dropped down the order to no. 6 with Umar Akmal batting up the order at no. 3 or 4

Posted by Stark62 on (July 13, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

That looks like a good starting 11 for Pak but I think Harris or Shafiq will play instead of Amin and personally, I would like to see Hafeez at 6, Harris/Shafiq at no. 3 and Umar at 4.

I think Pak will win the ODI series 4-1 and I wouldn't be surprised, if Pak win the T20's 2-0.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

i hope they give some chances to rizwan & haris in this series. its hard as most of these will make it by default. only place left is of umar amin/asad/haris. i would prefer haris sohail instead of umar amin and asad. asad is good and done well in last game. but i would like to see what haris has to offer.

Afridi has some thing to prove this time around. he should take this as last chance.had some runs in warm up. hafeez should play down the order.

Both are inconsistent teams and you never know what will happen. last CT encounter was nail biting.

Posted by Shajee_naus on (July 13, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

Pakistan needs to include the likes of Sohaib Maqsood, Aqeel Anjum, and Umar Waheed in their batting line up if they want to improve and win matches with their batting.

Aqeel Anjum- Avg. of 40.50 in First Class and Avg. of 41 in List A

Umar Waheed- Avg. of 43 In First Class and Avg. of 47 in List A

Sohaib Maqsood - Avg.of 43.50 in First Class and Avg. of 52 in List A with a Strike Rate of almost 98 runs per 100 balls

Posted by warneneverchuck on (July 13, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Inconsistent player like afridi can only find place in pakistan team

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (July 13, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

Should be a good series and I think pakistan can win if they pick the right 11. 1 thing the think tank should think about is afridi and hafeez only 1 should play. So final 11 should be Ahmed shehzad , Nasir jamshed, M rizwan, U akmal, Misbah, H Sohail, Hafeez

7 batsman. Hafeez as a finisher so his "AMAZING" technique wont be exposed. And so all he has to do is hit out .

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